Craving a tasty cookie filled with fruit and nuts? Try this quick and easy recipe perfect for a lunchbox or anytime treat. Get the kids to help measure and mix, they actually love to participate! Package 1/2 dozen and surprise an elderly neighbor!

Lightly sweetened with natural ingredients -- coconut sugar and soft, golden raisins, this cookie is just the perfect pick-me-up to get through the winter doldrums...

Not all cookies are created with chocolate chips! These lightly sweet golden oatmeal cookies are studded with raisins and pecans and natural ingredients.
Not all cookies are created with chocolate chips! These lightly sweet golden oatmeal cookies are studded with raisins and pecans and natural ingredients. NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/DIANNE BORDONARO
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GOLDEN OATMEAL COOKIES with RAISINS & PECANS

Yield: 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (1 stick) unsalted

butter, softened

3/4 cup pure coconut sugar

1 large egg, free range or cage free

1 Tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 Tsp baking soda

1/4 Tsp fine salt

1 Tbsp chia seeds

2 cups old fashioned oats

8 - 10 pecans, break by hand into pieces

3/4 cup golden raisins

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 (16 x 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar using a hand mixer, until creamy.


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To that, add egg and vanilla, beat well.

Add almond butter and mix well to combine.

In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt and chia seeds; whisk together. Add wet mixture to dry, and using a large spoon, combine. To that, add oats, pecans and raisins, mix well (again by hand using a large spoon) combining all ingredients.

Drop dough, using a small cookie scoop, 1 1/2-inches apart so you have 12 cookies on each lined baking sheet.

Bake one sheet at a time for 10 - 11 minutes, until lightly golden. Do not over bake! ( I always find the second sheet bakes quicker, so take a peek at 9 - 10 minutes).

Cool for 5 minutes; carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack.